Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
Select one from the following: 13
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Introduction to Communications Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
Choose one from the following: 23
College Algebra 33
Introduction to Statistics3
Statistical Methods3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 3
Area IV: Social Behavioral Sciences Course
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 3
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following: 43
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics3
Philosophical Thought3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking3
Introduction to Ethics3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 33
General Education Elective 33-4
Viewing a Wider World 56
Departmental/College Requirements
CJUS Core Courses 6
The department requires CJUS 1110G and this course will count towards both the General Education and Departmental/College Requirements
CJUS 1120Criminal Law3
CJUS 301Advanced Research Methods3
CJUS 302Crime, Justice and Society3
CJUS 425Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice3
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Introduction to Criminal Justice Research3
Political Research Skills3
Experimental Methods4
Social Research: Methods3
CJUS Theory Courses
One course from the following:3
Introduction to Criminological Theory3
Historical Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems3
Race, Crime and Justice3
Criminal Justice Electives
Select 12 credits from upper division Criminal Justice Electives 712
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
Choose one additional English Composition - Level 2 course, must be a different course that previously selected:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)3-14
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 832-46
15 credits must be Upper Division 9
Total Credits120

*A student must earn a C- or better to receive credit for any departmental and nondepartmental requirement for the BC J degrees.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a major in Criminal Justice there is a two year second language requirement (or the completion of MATH 1511G), the student must do one of the following:there is a two year second language requirement, the options to complete this requirement are listed below. The number of credits that a student needs to take may vary depending on what level they come in with. Please speak with an advisor for more information as to which courses you will need to take to fulfill the second language requirement for this degree.

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 1110
CHIN 1120
CHIN 2110
CHIN 2120
Mandarin Chinese I
and Mandarin Chinese II
and Mandarin Chinese III
and Mandarin Chinese IV
3-14
FREN 1110
FREN 1120
FREN 2110
FREN 2120
French I
and French II
and French III
and French IV
3-14
GRMN 1110
GRMN 1120
GRMN 2110
GRMN 2120
German I
and German II
and German III
and German IV
3-14
JAPN 1110
JAPN 1120
JAPN 2110
JAPN 2120
Japanese I
and Japanese II
and Japanese III
and Japanese IV
3-14
SPAN 1110
SPAN 1120
SPAN 2110
SPAN 2120
Spanish I
and Spanish II
and Spanish III
and Spanish IV
3-14
PORT 1110
PORT 1120
Portuguese I
and Portuguese II
3-6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 1210
SPAN 1220
SPAN 2210
Elementary Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
and Spanish for Heritage Learners III
3-9

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
SIGN 1110American Sign Language I3
SIGN 1120American Sign Language II3
SIGN 2110American Sign Language III3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 2120 level for the following courses:
CHIN 2120Mandarin Chinese IV3
or FREN 2120 French IV
or GRMN 2120 German IV
or JAPN 2120 Japanese IV
or SPAN 2120 Spanish IV
OR
Challenge the 1120/2210 level for the following courses:
PORT 1120Portuguese II3
or SPAN 2210 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G , or MATH 1350G or MATH 2350G and ENGL 1110G. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 4
Choose one from the following: 1 3
College Algebra (C- or better)  
Introduction to Statistics (C- or better)  
Statistical Methods (C- or better)  
CJUS 1110G Introduction to Criminal Justice (C- or better and counts towards Area IV Requirement) 3
Choose one Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts Course from the following: 2 3
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics (C- or better)  
Philosophical Thought (C- or better)  
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking (C- or better)  
Introduction to Ethics (C- or better)  
FYEX 1112 or Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
Introduction to Communication  
Public Speaking  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 3 4
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavorial Sciences Course 3 3-4
Area V: Creative and Fine Arts Course 3 3
CJUS 1120 Criminal Law (C- or better) 3
 Credits16-17
Second Year
Fall
Choose one from the following: (C- or better) 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
General Education Elective Course 3 3-4
Second Language Requirement: 1110- level (C- or better) 4 4
Elective Course 5 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits16-17
Spring
Choose one from the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science  
Elective Course(s) 4
Second Language Requirement: 1120- level (C- or better) 4
CJUS 300 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research (C- or better) 6,7 3
Elective Course 8 1
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
Second Language Requirment: 2110- level (C- or better) 4 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 9 3
CJUS 301 Advanced Research Methods (C- or better) 7 3
CJUS - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
Second Language Requirement: 2120- level (C- or better) 4 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 9 3
CJUS 302 Crime, Justice and Society (C- or better) 3
CJUS 425 Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice (C- or better) 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Criminological Theory (C- or better)  
Historical Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems  
Race, Crime and Justice  
CJUS - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
CJUS - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
CJUS- Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120-122